Getting Old

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Getting Old: Excerpts from Rudolf Steiner’s Complete Works

This volume contains excerpts from Rudolf Steiner’s statements on growing old. It provides a penetrating look at many rarely noticed inner and outer aspects of the aging process. Gisela Gaumnitz has searched far and wide in her efforts to gather all of Steiner’s comments on this subject, organizing them according to thematic perspectives.

Included are some 220 selections on old age, the aging process, the human and cosmic course of human life, and the transformation of impressions from youth are brought together from more than a hundred volumes of Steiner’s lectures.

Aging affects everyone. Steiner frequently commented on aging and clearly considered the topic of importance.

This volume offers a basis for a thorough exploration of life’s deep questions and serves as a resource for studying numerous aspects of aging.

About the Author

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.

Additional information

Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.75 × 8.5 in


Harold Jurgens


Gisela Gaumnitz




June 2009






Mercury Press


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